Ways to Solve Wine Bottle and Cork Dilemmas
May 1, 2012
Every once in a while, I stumble across some video where somebody manages to solve a wine bottle problem for me.
The first one is opening a wine bottle without a corkscrew. The video is entirely in French, which I do not speak, but he sticks a bottle into a shoe and then hits a wall, and the cork proceeds to move out a little with each hit until it is out enough to pull on. There are actually other videos out there, but they don’t quite have his grace or is an overdone production (though this one is cute), and you don’t really need to understand what he is saying.
The second nifty video is how to get a cork out of a wine bottle if it accidentally went in the bottle. I tend to have this happen sometimes with plastic corks, where when I try to get the corkscrew in them, they sometimes get pushed further down the neck of the wine bottle and into the bottle. That means I can’t reuse the bottle. In this video, the guy takes a plastic grocery sack and puts it in the bottle and then retrieves the bag and the cork. You’ll have to watch it to understand.
Further Reading: Champagne Week Part IV – Drinking. “Champagne can also be opened via the Sabrage method, which actually breaks the neck of the bottle instead of removing the cork. You can’t reuse the bottle after that.”